Well, here in West Sonoma County it is not as cold as some other places I have lived but the mornings are frosty. This morning when I went to let the ducks out, the thermometer by their gate said 29 degrees. Frost everywhere the sun has not reached. These cold nights and warm days have me in a quandary, "What to do in the garden?" The warm sunshine midday is very inviting to plant. The lack of rain is a concern carrying out any planting or transplanting in the ground.
I am slowly revising MuRefuge's Plant List for posting. Seeds for the vegetable garden have been ordered. This year I avoided being seduced by various catalogue descriptions of hybrid seeds. I only order open pollinated seeds.
Thank you Cathie. Your book list sent me on an enjoyable, extended web-journey this morning!
Yes, the Mono Lake DVD is Wonderful!!!
Your interesting, informative tours would be a great offering. As for time preferences, oh goodness, maybe the plants will need to tell you.
Maybe you shared in a previous blog, but I'm wondering what are a couple/few of your latest/favorite native plant and vegetable catalogues?
Yum, now I can make the celeriac salad!
With appreciation and best wishes, -Ann
In response to Ann's request, here are my favorite sources for veggie seeds, both of which provide hardcopy catalogs too:
For the first time this year I ordered online from Heirloom Seeds since they do not offer hardcopy catalogs:
I have tried numerous places for native seeds. I always come back to
Judith Larner Lowry also has a blog which does not have any recent posts but is very informative, as is her seed link above.
Last Fall I cleaned out all the big clay pots sitting on the patio. Low and behold when the rains occurred in October seeds that I had scattered in the Spring germinated. Now we have lovely and cheery annual natives blooming.
|Bird's Eye Gilia (Gilia Tricolor)|
|Close up of Bird's Eye Gilia|
|Five Spot (Nemophila maculata)|
|Close up of Five Spot|
|Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla) with Five Spot|
Feel free to share your Winter activities in the comment section below while you